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My husband, Gareth, who also has started blogging, is an avid reader and I have been recommending some books for him to read. Bearing in mind, that I prefer short books with a simple pithy message, I thought “Gung Ho!” by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, would be a good one for him to read..
I then thought – he is bound to blog about it once he has read it and so ….. slightly embarrassed, I am blogging about it before he finishes it!!!
This book is a great story about how you can help people in an organisation be motivated. the three key principles are based on three animals and the way that they are in nature:
- The Spirit of the Squirrel
- The Way of the Beaver
- The Gift of the Goose
Let’s look at each one in turn to see how you can apply the principles:
1. The Spirit of the Squirrel – Worthwhile work driven by goals and values
So what makes worthwhile work?
Knowing we make the world a better place with everyone working towards a shared goal. In the organisation the values guide all plans, decisions and actions
2. The Way of the Beaver – Putting workers in control of achieving the goal
How do we put workers in control?
We create a playing field with clearly marked territory. Thoughts, feelings, needs and dreams are respected, listened to and acted upon. Employees are able, but challenged
3. The Gift of the Goose – Cheering each other on
How do we do this, without it feeling forced?
Active or passive, congratulations must be true. Cheer progress. Enthusiasm equals mission times cash and congratulations (e = mc2)
So, if you are like me and NOT an avid reader, but like learning new stuff, then I hope I have saved you some time or maybe I have spurred some of you onto reading the book yourselves? By the way, it is a thin book and you could probably get through it in an evening!
Here is his blog by the way …. quite good methinks!